Helping Your Child Become More Confident
Confidence is something we can all develop as we grow older. It allows us to be diligent, provide support to others, improves our overall self-esteem and brings families closer together. Confident children are more likely to pursue different hobbies, be able to push themselves out of their comfort zone and work on their own personal goals as a result.
Here in this guide from a Surrey girls school, we take a look at some ways parents can help their children grow in confidence as they navigate school life, relationships, building on friendships and discovering their passions.
A child will only know their worth through discovering things for themselves. Provide a platform for your child to do this by arranging different activities, like trampolining or a day out at an activity centre. Museums and experience days are also great examples of letting children explore somewhere they’ve never been before while they have fun with their parents, friends and/or siblings.
The happier your child feels, the more they’ll want to try new things on a regular basis. So long as you don’t push your child into new areas, you can build on their confidence right from home through a range of positive affirmations, activities done together (like baking or reading a book together) and praising your child for good effort. Lead on your child’s strengths and they’re able to use the motivation they’ve been given from their parents to boost their own confidence.
Solving problems in real time can really improve a child’s ability to feel confident and engaged, both in school and in day-to-day tasks. Like baking a cake for instance, you may find the cake deflated or burnt slightly on the top. Ask your child what they think could be done to save the cake, like adding a layer or icing on top or mixing up a new batch. Make problem solving fun – they’re more likely to use the skills learnt here in other areas as well, like maths problems and science questions.
If your child loves playing with car toys, give them lots of new car toys and see what they explore. If your child loves art, delve in their interests and what makes them feel happy. Focusing on your child’s strengths will make them more likely to improve their confidence through knowing their self worth, making for a happier child.